HBO’s fantasy Westworld surprised no one today when the network announced that the show would be renewed for a second season. Unfortunately, given the hour-long drama’s scope and production value, it’s possible that the second season wouldn’t premiere until 2018. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming explained:
“Westworld is such a big ambitious show. I don’t know if it will be fall of 2017 or into ’18… That will depend as we get up and running. With Westworld, because the production is such a big endeavor, I don’t exactly know when [it will premiere] yet. I can’t speculate other than to say it’ll either be ’17 or ’18. Probably more like ’18 and half-hours [Insecure and Divorce] in ’17 but we’re a year away so let’s see how it goes.”
The show’s popularity signifies an important win for HBO, which has seen Netflix and other cable networks like FX and AMC creepin’ on its 15-year position as Emmy leader. And lest we forget Game of Thrones – the network’s most awarded and highly-rated show in history – will take its final bow in 2018 after only two more (abbreviated) seasons. With another hit, big-budget fantasy juggernaut in line to take its place (starring one Sir Anthony Hopkins), HBO doesn’t appear to be losing any ground to its competitors just yet.
As for whether or not all of the star-studded cast would make it to season two, Bloys was far less inclined to comment, stating: “I don’t want to speculate about cast because there’s still three episodes left to air.” His hesitance should come as no surprise to anyone who watched last night…
Source: The Hollywood Reporter